The Sierra Valley Resource Conservation District (SVRCD) would like to announce the commencement of the “Sierra Brooks – Smithneck WUI Fuels Reduction” project. This Project includes 723-acres of mechanical mastication upon lands owned by the United States Forest Service and the California Department of Fish and Wildlife. Funding for this project has been provided by the Sierra Nevada Conservancy, an agency of the State of California and was awarded to the SVRCD in 2021.
The Project is located near Loyalton, California, in the vicinity of the Sierra Brooks residential area. On May 12th, upon review and scoring of 4 bid proposals, the SVRCD awarded the contract to Paul Roen Company. Work on this project began the second week of June 2022 with over 44 acres completed so far. In order to provide an immediate fuel break for the community of Sierra Brooks, project work has been primarily focused behind homes adjacent to the project area, with intentions of moving out from there. Due to safety concerns, the SVRCD would like to ask the public to stay at least 300 feet from all equipment. For more information and updates on the project please visit the SVRCD’s website at: www.sierravalley-rcd.org
SIDE NOTE: In response to a letter published by the California Department of Fish and Wildlife in the Sierra Booster on May 26th, the SVRCD would like to clarify that the Sierra Brooks – Smithneck WUI Fuels Reduction project is separate from a fencing project that CDFW is looking to complete. Additionally, the SVRCD is not a partner on the fencing project and would like to ask that all questions and concerns regarding the fencing project be directed to CDFW as listed within the letter.